A prophet's purpose is to be God 's voice on Earth. Castiel refers to them as " mouthpieces and conduits for the inspired word. According to Castiel , they are selected primarily by high-ranking angels or archangels. They speak of events to come, on instruction from Heaven.
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Archangels are tied to prophets, acting as their protectors when the need arises - each prophet has an archangel "tethered to them. Some powerful beings like Zachariah can implant prophecy , whether it be false or true, into a prophet's mind, as he demonstrated on Chuck Shurley. According to Castiel, only one prophet may be active at a time. When the active prophet dies, another one is awakened and replaces the previous prophet.
The entire line of succession of prophets up to the future is known to all angels, with their names have been written by Metatron; however, they do not know the names of prophets that have yet to be born. To date, Kevin Tran never showed the capability to prophesy or to see events currently taking place. His abilities were limited to deciphering the Word of God. Whether this indicates that different prophets have different functions, or that the ability of prophets has since changed the moment the Apocalypse was averted is yet to be explained.
Metatron , who later planned on taking charge of Heaven, ended the prophet line, ensuring no new prophet would be called upon Kevin Tran's death.
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This is undone by the time the Darkness arrives, as a new prophet named Donatello awakes. In Good Intentions , Castiel confirms that once again if a Prophet dies, a new Prophet will be called. Prophets may be called in a certain order as Castiel was aware that Tony Alvarez was the next Prophet in line after Donatello Redfield in Prophet and Loss.
After Donatello Redfield was left brain dead, his state of being between life and death disrupted the Natural Order and activated the next Prophet, Tony Alvarez , early. That shocking turnaround was a load-bearing wall in the narrative Washington built as never-out comeback kids. The Brewers will play the Ralph Branca role in the Nationals' story. This season marked the first time the Brewers made the playoffs in back-to-back seasons since the early s and the most wins they've had in consecutive seasons since the late s, so this is arguably the golden age of modern Brewers baseball.
But it never felt like something big was happening this year, and it doesn't feel like something big was growing, either.
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The second- and third-best position players, Yasmani Grandal and Mike Moustakas , were playing on one-year deals and will now presumably move on. The pitching staff is still underdeveloped, and the September charge was dependent on generic relievers getting hot at the right time.
The Brewers outscored their opponents by only three runs. Their farm system produced one last pot of gold -- Keston Hiura , an offensive marvel -- but is now empty, perhaps the worst in the game. Their hitters are old. Those are concerns for next season.
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This year, though, Christian Yelich got naked , Hiura found his power stroke, the Cubs collapsed and the Brewers made the playoffs. That's a good six months. Alvarez was the second-best rookie hitter ever, Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole raced each other for the AL Cy Young Award, and Alex Bregman was the league's best hitter in the second half, which could all result in the Astros sweeping the postseason awards.
Their bullpen was great, their defense was great, they added Greinke, and even the "disappointing" player seasons were encouraging in their own ways: Jose Altuve started slow but had a huge second half, Carlos Correa missed time but had his best season on a per-PA basis, Wade Miley pitched like an All-Star for five months, etc. Everything went perfectly -- until they won the ALCS.
It's impossible to separate the Astros' on-field season from their off-field controversy , because at the heart of it is whether they can put everything in the preceding paragraph in perspective. When their assistant GM loudly gloated at three female reporters about having taken advantage of a domestic violence situation to acquire a better closer -- and when the organization rallied around him and baselessly attacked one of the reporters -- it suggested that the Astros think the baseball success actually matters more.
That they actually believe that winning baseball games is an end and that baseball is more important than caring about other people's safety. Obviously, it's not -- baseball is just play -- and it's heartbreaking that somebody could devote so much passion to such a misguided idea.
A few Astros fans told me that week that they were no longer sure they could root for their favorite team. No other team's fans told me that this year, no matter how few games their team won. The year Fernando Tatis Jr. Other than the Tigers, no team underperformed its preseason ZiPS projections by more games than the Padres, who looked like a dark horse and ended up with 70 wins.
The Padres were worse than the Orioles in the second half, Eric Hosmer and Machado combined for fewer WAR than scanning for just the right name Hanser Alberto , and the manager got fired -- we have an unofficial rule of thumb that it's not a good season if the manager gets fired -- but danged if there wasn't a lot to love in this bridge year. The Padres finished the season with four good starting pitchers 26 or younger including the already ace Chris Paddack , Kirby Yates had one of the best relief seasons in history, corner outfielders Franmil Reyes and Hunter Renfroe each had unexpectedly good first halves Reyes netted the Padres elite outfield prospect Taylor Trammell in a July trade , and Tatis was the fourth-best year-old in the past years.
Don't undersell that last one, no matter what happens to the Padres as a team going forward. There is a story that gets told about the Angels that says they're wasting Mike Trout and what a bummer that is. But the more accurate story about the Angels is that, even though they haven't won a playoff game in a decade, they've been selling tickets, making history, giving fans something incredible to see every night -- because Trout exists.
Having Trout would be better with a lot of wins, of course, but having Trout might also be better as a fan experience than wins alone. There's probably no next Mike Trout, but in Tatis the Padres have the closest thing to it. The season began in indignity and frustration, with the Blue Jays keeping their best hitter locked up so he couldn't start making any real money, but after Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Guerrero, Cavan Biggio and Bo Bichette all succeeded to different degrees and ended the season as three of the club's four best hitters and three of the AL's six best rookies. Guerrero became a superstar the night he set a Home Run Derby record -- fair bet that in a few years we'll remember him winning the derby , not finishing second -- and Biggio had the fourth-best walk rate in baseball, just behind that of Trout and Bregman. Bichette, the last of the three to debut, was the biggest revelation, with an age season that, prorated for a full year, would look a lot like Alex Rodriguez 's historic, age campaign: 30 or so homers, 50 or so doubles, a high batting average and good defense at the most important position in the infield.
These three will be together in the Toronto infield for the next six years. The year Pete Alonso won all the HR derbies. When we set, as a preseason goal for Mets success , "86 wins, preferably evenly spaced out," we meant this: If they won a lot early and blew it, they'd still be those joke Mets, always blowing it. If they started terribly and won a bunch too late, nobody would notice because they'd already be out of the playoff race.
So what do we make of the actual timing of their actual 86 on the dot! That winning streak they had in late July felt a bit like the Saving the Orphanage trope , in which the big, bad developer was about to tear this starting rotation down until the gang came through at the last second to raise the wins they needed to be buyers. It was all very conveniently timed, narratively, and if it wasn't nearly enough to get the Mets into the playoffs, it did two things: It kept them playing meaningful games into September, and it motivated them to keep Noah Syndergaard , trade for Marcus Stroman and enter the season with a pretty great rotation.
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For the long term, maybe the Mets would have been better off trading Syndergaard, as it looked like they were poised to do before the winning streak. But this team isn't a joke. It won 86 games, and its third-order record was about as good as the Braves', Cubs' and Brewers'. The Mets had the best homer-hitting rookie in history. They probably have the best starting pitcher in the NL, and if you squint, they might have the best rotation in the NL.
This is a good team, and it took a totally unexpected and perfectly timed winning streak to keep the GM and ownership from LOLMets-ing it all down. Orphanage saved! The year they traded Trevor Bauer. Ultimately, Cleveland was no worse than we thought it was, and when you include the unforeseeables -- Corey Kluber missing almost the entire year after a comebacker broke his arm, Carlos Carrasco missing most of the year with blood cancer -- 93 wins looks like an incredible achievement. It's two more than the Indians had in It's enough to have won the AL Central in six of the previous seven seasons.
But Cleveland's decision to take last winter off -- it actually cut payroll -- now looks like the hare being beaten by the tortoise, an act of hubris the team paid for. The Twins and Rays sprinted past the Indians.
Cleveland won 93 games but missed the playoffs, becoming the best team by wins to miss the postseason in the two-wild-card era.